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BU School of Social Work’s Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research Receives Grant Renewal to Confront ‘Single Largest Unaddressed Public Health Threat in the 21st Century’

Following significant positive results from their first training of healthcare workers across Massachusetts that concluded in June 2018, BUSSW’s CADER has received a grant renewal from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Services’ Administration for Community Living, The renewal calls for CADER to train an additional 100 healthcare workers across the Commonwealth.More

CADER Joins Leading Eldercare Alliance to Prevent Workforce Crisis in Aging America

BUSSW’s Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER), known for bringing online training and certificate programs to over 20,000 eldercare professionals since 2002, will join the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, created in response to a report by The Institute of Medicine predicting an impending workforce crisis spurred by America’s aging population, which will nearly double from 2005 to 2030.

As national acclaim and implementation of CADER’s workforce training grows, BU School of Social Work will become the first academic organization to join the Alliance, a coalition of 31 national and federal organizations dedicated to strengthening eldercare services in the United States.

Other national leaders in social services belonging to the Alliance include the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, AARP, and the American Psychological Association.

New Grant for CADER Expands State-of-the-Art Behavioral Health Training for Professionals Who Work with Older Adults 

Boston, MA (September 12, 2018) –The Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) expands training and evaluation initiatives across the country with the help of a new grant. The one-year, $115,000 grant from The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) focuses on workforce training for senior center staff in Florida and Illinois, enabling CADER to expand its innovative training model… Read More

BU’s Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research Wins National Award for Innovative Training Program 

Boston, MA (January 25, 2018) – The Boston University Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) has been selected by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging as a winner of the Promising Practices Award, which highlights organizations that are moving away from conventional practices by developing and implementing new and innovative approaches in aging well or long-term care and senior living communities. CADER was chosen as a winner based on their training program for professionals who work with older adults. The training teaches people to recognize and respond to older individuals with behavioral health concerns—an area often unaddressed in aging services.

A full complimentary report on the 2017 Promising Practices winners and honorable mentions, Innovation at Work 2017 is available for download here


WATERTOWN, MA (August 1, 2017)  – Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced a two-year grant of $138,889 to Trustees of Boston University to create community outreach and educational campaigns focused on reducing the stigma of mental illness and social isolation. The grant reflects the Foundation’s commitment to building healthier communities by promoting collaboration and improving systems and best practices….Read More

CADER Case Management Certification Creates Statewide Standard of Care for Older New Yorkers

Albany, NY (April 4, 2017)—New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) Acting Director Greg Olsen has announced the completion of a statewide effort to enhance the qualifications for professional care managers who serve older adults across New York State. More than 500 current care managers have completed the mandatory program, which was rolled out in February 2016….Read More

CADER Launches Two-Year Clergy Training Program Responding to Older Adult Mental Health Needs

On March 21, the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) officially launched a two-year grant-funded program aimed at building the capacity of clergy to address the behavioral health needs of older adults by developing a training program for diverse faith-based leaders throughout Massachusetts. This program, funded by the MA Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Fund, builds upon CADER’s experience in workforce development and training in the area of behavioral health and aging….Read More